the way to southern okinawa, japan. rch r rachel ferguson is here with that. >> we've been tracking this system as it heads west towards okinawa. this is it right now. you can see that eye being quite clearly defined in the cloud just there. so this is actually a pretty strong storm and it is building in strength as well. it's already what we call a strong typhoon here in the west pacific, maybe if you are more used to the south hurricane scale, it would be a category 1. and we're looking for it to actually intensify to a category 2, that's on the hurricane scale, by the next wednesday, thursday, the next couple of days as it heads further towards the west. now, also in the line of fire is going to be taiwan. so this system certainly going to be in our news into the weekend currently moving west at 20 kilometers an hour. the winds are sustained at 144 kilometers an hour with wind gusts now at 216.